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Lisa Jordan Kilborn's latest news items about the Fort Worth tennis scene.

Big Victory at Little State PDF Print E-mail

Congrats to Denise's team...Denise McMillan’s Fort Worth team recently earned second place at Little State, the tournament for teams that finish second in local USTA adult leagues. Among her teammates is Marie Welsh, who represents the Parker County Tennis Association (PCTA) on the Greater Fort Worth Tennis Coalition (GFWTC). McMillan, a 4.0-level player, competes on several area teams, and we always appreciate it when she sends us team photos.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:09
UNT Coach Participates in ‘Tennis Congress’ PDF Print E-mail

UNT coach Sujay LamaSujay Lama, coach of the UNT women’s tennis team, has been chosen to participate in the first “U.S. Tennis Congress” Oct. 11-14 in Atlanta. He informed that players from the United States and abroad would attend.

“I'm proud to have been chosen for the prestigious faculty for the event,” Lama said, adding that it includes Olympic silver medalist Emilio Sanchez, several former ATP Top 100 players, a trainer on Dr. Oz's Top 100 list, and more than 30 other highly decorated teaching pros and experts.

Congratulations, coach Lama. The players are lucky to have you there.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:24
FWTA Welcomes new Executive Director at September Retreat PDF Print E-mail

(Front L-R): Laura Gilbert, Bruce Sampley, Ann Rhodes; (Back L-R:) Brenda Grubbs, Patsy Mills, Kathleen Johnson, Joyce Dreslin, Lynn Proctor. (Not pictured: Pushpa Mundluru).The Fort Worth Tennis Association (FWTA) recently hired Kathleen Johnson as its Executive Director. Johnson comes to Fort Worth from USTA Georgia where she supervised adult tournament play and assisted league players with rating concerns for seven years.

The FWTA has served the Fort Worth tennis community since 1958. The Association runs an adult Major Zonal tournament each year. It provides tennis equipment to over 50 Fort Worth ISD school and after school programs. FWTA also partners with area facilities and provides junior camp scholarships, funding for adult league teams to travel to playoffs and supports Fort Worth Community Center tennis programming for adult and juniors.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 16:13
Fort Worth USTA Leaguers Love to Hang Out and Play Tennis PDF Print E-mail

Kaye Beth Pumphrey Vietti captains a USTA 3.5 team that plays out of Colonial Country Club. She loves her role so much that she is a poster child for all who play tennis for the camaraderie, exercise and competition, in no particular order. Thanks for this fun photo, Kaye Beth.

(L-R): Radha Carter, Robin Froeschke, Christi Handy, Kaye Beth Pumphrey Vietti, Jan McKean, Jane Tapper, Lynn Irwin and Sharon Keenum. Matt Watson coaches the team out of Colonial Country Club.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 16:25
Southlake Tennis Center Hosts Another Fun NETT Tourney PDF Print E-mail

Second place flight winners 3.5--way to play, ladies!The ladies of Northeast Tarrant Tennis (NETT) take their doubles seriously, and STC takes good care of the doubles community. So they teamed up for the NETT Fall Pre-season Tournament,  NETT's Facebook page has photos (you need to be a member). Click here to see results from this popular event. Glad to see your smiling faces, ladies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:54
Fort Worth-ex Geof Grant Hit with Tennis Legend Rod Laver in the Groovy 1970s PDF Print E-mail

Groovy pros Rod Laver (L) and Geof Grant take a breather during a late-1970s hitting session. Grant took it easy on Laver--yeah, right!Tennis player and inventor Geof Grant, a former world champion during his years in Fort Worth, cut his tennis teeth many moons ago (he recently celebrated his 72nd birthday). He was so good that he used to hit with the great Rod Laver. Check out this vintage shot from the mid-1970s in California. Thanks to Geof for this sweet pic.

Denny Garley Opens Training Facility in North Fort Worth PDF Print E-mail

Mary and the uber-fit Denny GarleyDomo Garley’s dad, Denny, has opened a sports training facility in north Fort Worth. Domo, a SuperChamp, learned a lot about toughness and the importance of good off-court conditioning from Denny, a former pro motocross racer. This guy is in shape. You can see that he doesn’t just talk about fitness; he lives it.

If you’d like to visit Denny’s new digs, head on over to 5309 Superior Parkway, Suite 137, Fort Worth, 76106. Denny’s email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:55
Arlington’s Dory Habenicht Celebrates 80th Birthday at Tennis Ladies’ Reunion PDF Print E-mail

Birthday girl Dory Habenicht and pal Gean CraigDory Habenicht, the poster child for Arlington’s famous Grandma Groupies, would throw a luncheon at the drop of a tennis-themed hat—and we love her for that. Fittingly, her scores of fellow grandmas and other longtime teammates surprised her at their reunion luncheon with a big party for her 80th birthday. Beautiful. Click to read the story and see our photo gallery.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 12:26
TNT Tennis Raises $1,517 for Charity PDF Print E-mail

TNT Tennis' Austin Wynne happily represents his JTT kids in presenting a big donation to Cook Children's Health Foundation.Austin Wynne reports that TNT Tennis' Junior Team Tennis players sold their team shirts and collected donations in a charity event designed to benefit Cook Children's Health Foundation. Wynne says the team gave all of its profits--totaling $1,517--to the charity, specifically to help children who have leukemia lymphoma. TNT Tennis fields a lot of JTT teams for Northeast Tarrant Tennis (NETT), and this was a very special effort by the group.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 15:41

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